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Simple Fish Piccata Recipe

This is a delightful recipe for fish piccata, which captures the essence of classic piccata flavors with the brightness of lemon, the salty kick from capers, and the richness of butter. Here’s a concise breakdown of the recipe:

Simple Fish Piccata

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2


  • 2 (6-ounce) white fish filets (like sea bass or tilapia)
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ⅓ cup dry white wine (something you’d drink)
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained
  • 5 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley


  1. Dredge the Filets: Lightly coat the fish filets in flour, shaking off any excess.
  2. Cook the Fish: In a large skillet over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil. Add the fish filets, cooking until they’re golden brown (roughly 3 minutes per side). Once cooked, transfer the filets to a plate.
  3. Deglaze the Pan: Remove any excess oil from the pan. Add the white wine, whisking to loosen any flavorful bits stuck to the pan. Simmer until the wine has reduced by about half.
  4. Make the Sauce: Turn the heat to low. Add the cold butter cubes and capers, whisking constantly until the butter has completely melted and the sauce has thickened.
  5. Finish the Dish: Stir in the lemon juice and parsley. Return the fish to the pan, spooning extra sauce over the top to coat them well.
  6. Serve: Serve the fish hot, ideally immediately, for the best texture and flavor.

Nutrition (per serving):

  • Calories: 633
  • Total Fat: 45.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 20.8g
  • Trans Fat: 0.0g
  • Cholesterol: 161.4mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 14.7g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0.9g
  • Total Sugars: 0.9g
  • Sodium: 299.3mg
  • Protein: 36.5g

The dish pairs beautifully with sides like garlic butter noodles, mashed potatoes, or roasted vegetables. When selecting a wine, choose a white variety with good acidity to complement the dish’s flavors. Enjoy your meal!

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